We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Laura: A Creole Plantation

Certificate of Excellence
Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
Website
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's...
Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.


read more
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 874 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 614
    Excellent
  • 188
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Most recent review
A Worthwhile Stop

We have wanted to visit a plantation for some time. We followed TripAdvisor's advice and found this to be a worthwhile experience. We learned the history of the family and got a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
Scouter5280
,
Denver, Colorado
Book ahead on Viator
See All Tours on Viator
Top Rated
Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and...
$166*
and up
Add Photo Write a Review

874 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We have wanted to visit a plantation for some time. We followed TripAdvisor's advice and found this to be a worthwhile experience. We learned the history of the family and got a sense of what plantation life was like. The main house has been partially rebuilt after a fire in the modern era - it was well done and is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Our visit to the Laura Plantation was the first stop along a tour of the greater New Orleans area. The guide was an animated, compelling storyteller who captivated his audience. His secret was to guide us through the house by sharing the "dirty little secrets" of three generations of the Creole family who built and ran the plantation. A few... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Folsom, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We did this tour last week and had Camille as our tour guide. We enjoyed the history and the beautifully restored grounds, but Camille was sarcastic, rude and condescending. I can appreciate trying to make a tour fun and entertaining, but not at the expense of guests. We were touring with some from Britain and more than once, she pointed... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Winchester, Virginia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

What a disappointment. Our group met in front of the house and we entered through a basement. Then we were led outside. That's all we saw was a basement. We were led through gardens that we assumed we could enjoy after the tour to see outside buildings. The tour guide started her talk when the first person arrived so most... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
highstandards1034
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Not your typical plantation experience! Excellent guides that really make it come alive! Very unique property and lovely shop with nice staff. Truly a memorable experience.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited this plantation yesterday and enjoyed it very much. The tours are guided only so if you like to wander off by yourself to explore you will be disappointed but truly you would be missing out if you did. Rose was our guide and she was a very engaging storyteller. She encouraged guests to ask questions... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milpitas, California
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Loved this tour. We didn't know much about New Orleans history. This was a great overview for us. We also did the Oaks Alley tour in this same trip. It's a little pricey, but it's also an hour from town, so we figured it was worth not driving

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Rochester, MN
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The plantation tour was so interesting. Our tour guide Stephen was great. You could tell he loved his job and the history behind the plantation. Definitely worth the time and money!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Tour guide provided a very informative of the history of the plantation. I left with a good understanding of life on this plantation for the owners and the enslaved people. Very large gift shop.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Federal Way, Washington
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I booked this tour through Crescent City Tour Booking Agency: NewOrleansToursSightSeeing.com 638 St. Ann Street New Orleans, LA 70116 504-568-0717 My booking agents were Frank Perez and Aaron who were in the office when we went by. I used them last year and posted a rave review for Frank Perez so as soon as I was back in town, I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5

Travelers who viewed Laura: A Creole Plantation also viewed

 

Been to Laura: A Creole Plantation? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Laura: A Creole Plantation and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Laura: A Creole Plantation staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?